Cycling from the WWII beaches in Normandy to the WW1 battlefields in the Somme (2019 Days 06-11 Cherbourg to Tournai)

The main aim of the first part of the 2019 Tour de Travoy was to cycle from Rathmullan in Ireland to Quillebeuf-sur-Seine in France and retrace the route of one of the most famous events in Irish history, the Flight of the Earls. In September 1607, a number of Irish Earls and Gaelic chieftains set … Continue reading Cycling from the WWII beaches in Normandy to the WW1 battlefields in the Somme (2019 Days 06-11 Cherbourg to Tournai)

Cycling from Rathmullan to Dublin at the start of the 2019 Tour de Travoy (2019 Days 01-05 Rathmullan to Dublin)

The main aim of the 2019 Tour de Travoy was to cycle from Donegal in Ireland to Rome in Italy. My route to Rome  followed the same route used by the Earls of Tyrone, Fermanagh and Tyrconnell (Donegal) between September 1607 and May 1608. This journey is known as the Flight of the Earls and … Continue reading Cycling from Rathmullan to Dublin at the start of the 2019 Tour de Travoy (2019 Days 01-05 Rathmullan to Dublin)

Flight of the Earls (Part 2E) – The Earl’s boat sets off from Rathmullan and it would take them 3 weeks to sail to France

One of the 99 people who boarded the boat in Rathmullan was the Gaelic scholar Tadhg O’Cianain (Tadhg Keenan). Tadhg traveled with the Earls first to Louvain in Belgium in 1607 and then to Rome in 1608. He is thought to have made notes during this journey which he compiled into a manuscript while in … Continue reading Flight of the Earls (Part 2E) – The Earl’s boat sets off from Rathmullan and it would take them 3 weeks to sail to France

Flight of the Earls (Part 2D) – Hugh O’Neill, the Earl of Tyrone and the O’Neill family members who boarded the boat in Rathmullan

Although born into the most powerful family in Ulster around 1550, Hugh O'Neill was actually brought up by an Anglo-Irish family, the Hovendons in Balgriffin, near Dublin after his father, Matthew was killed by relatives. In 1568 he returned to Ulster and assumed his grandfather’s title of Earl of Tyrone. By cooperating with the government … Continue reading Flight of the Earls (Part 2D) – Hugh O’Neill, the Earl of Tyrone and the O’Neill family members who boarded the boat in Rathmullan

Flight of the Earls (Part 2C) – Rory O’Donnell, the Earl of Tyrconnell and the O’Donnell family members who boarded the boat in Rathmullan

Rory O' Donnell was born around 1875 and was one of at least seven children bore by 'his father, Hugh O'Donnell and his second wife, the notorious Finola MacDonald, better known as Inion Dubh. After the defeat at Kinsale in December 1601, Rory became the defacto Earl of Tyrconnell when his older brother Red Hugh … Continue reading Flight of the Earls (Part 2C) – Rory O’Donnell, the Earl of Tyrconnell and the O’Donnell family members who boarded the boat in Rathmullan

Flight of the Earls (Part 2B) – Cuchonnacht Maguire, the Lord of Fermanagh and the ship’s crew that sailed to Rathmullan

Cuchonnacht Maguire was the brother of Hugh Maguire, the Lord of Fermanagh between 1589 - 1600. Cuchonnacht became Lord of Fermanagh after Hugh died on 13th March, 1600, from wounds received in a. skirmish near Cork.  Cuchonnacht was the last Irish chieftain to submit to the English after the signing of the Treaty of Mellifont … Continue reading Flight of the Earls (Part 2B) – Cuchonnacht Maguire, the Lord of Fermanagh and the ship’s crew that sailed to Rathmullan

Flight of the Earls (Part 2A) – A total of 99 people board the boat at Rathmullan on September 14th 1607

On September 14th 1607, the Earls of Tyrone and Tyrconnell (Donegal) set sail from Rathmullan along with their families and about 80 other Irish people, a historic event that was later called The Flight of the Earls. At least 12 members of the O'Neill dynasty and 8 members of the O'Donnell clan boarded the boat … Continue reading Flight of the Earls (Part 2A) – A total of 99 people board the boat at Rathmullan on September 14th 1607

Flight of the Earls (Part 1D) – Hugh O’Neill, the Earl of Tyrone, makes his way through Donegal from the Foyle river to Rathmullan during the Flight of the Earls in 1607

The Flight of the Earls is arguably the most historic event to have ever occurred in Donegal so it is somewhat ironic that the one part of the Earl of Tyrone's journey during the Flight we know the least about is the exact route he took through Donegal on his way to Rathmullan. Before crossing … Continue reading Flight of the Earls (Part 1D) – Hugh O’Neill, the Earl of Tyrone, makes his way through Donegal from the Foyle river to Rathmullan during the Flight of the Earls in 1607

Flight of the Earls (Part 1C) – Hugh O’Neill, the Earl of Tyrone, makes his way from Dungannon to the Foyle river during the Flight of the Earls in 1607

It had taken Hugh O'Neill only 3 days to travel 150 km or so from Slane to his base at Craobh (modern day Stewartstown) near Dungannon. He would only stay for one day and one night at Croabh as frantic final preparations were made for him and his family to flee. O'Neill was paranoid with … Continue reading Flight of the Earls (Part 1C) – Hugh O’Neill, the Earl of Tyrone, makes his way from Dungannon to the Foyle river during the Flight of the Earls in 1607

Flight of the Earls (Part 1B) – Hugh O’Neill, the Earl of Tyrone, makes his way from Dundalk to Dungannon during the Flight of the Earls in 1607

Hugh O'Neill was in Slane in County Meath when he received word that a French ship had arrived in Rathmullan in County Donegal.. At the same time, he was also informed that the English authorities planned to arrest him and possibly also execute him. So he made the decision to flee to mainland Europe on … Continue reading Flight of the Earls (Part 1B) – Hugh O’Neill, the Earl of Tyrone, makes his way from Dundalk to Dungannon during the Flight of the Earls in 1607

Flight of the Earls (Part 1A) – Hugh O’Neill, the Earl of Tyrone, makes his way from Slane to Dundalk during the Flight of the Earls in 1607

In September 1607, the Earls of Tyrone, Fermanagh and Tyrconnell (Donegal) fled from Ireland to Europe to avoid being captured and imprisoned by the English. This escape was unquestionably one of the most famous events ever in Irish history and was later christened the Flight of the Earls. This event is especially famous because it … Continue reading Flight of the Earls (Part 1A) – Hugh O’Neill, the Earl of Tyrone, makes his way from Slane to Dundalk during the Flight of the Earls in 1607